Sayeed Muhammad of DOT
The 7th edition of Bengal Classical Music Festival, the largest annual music festival organised by Bengal Foundation, will not be held this year owing to the upcoming parliamentary election, the organisers said. Bengal Foundation has been organising the classical music festival since 2012.
They came up with the move after failing to get permission for the venue to organise the festival in the middle of November despite applying six months back to use either of three possible venues to the responsible authorities, reports the New Age.
‘Now it’s too late to hold such a large scale festival within a month even though we get permission,’ said Bengal Foundation’s Senior Manager Zahidul Haque.
‘It takes at least two months for the preparation. But, we are still pursuing to the authorities for holding the festival after the national elections,’ he maintained.
The winter is the most suitable season for organizing such open air concerts, according to the Bengal Foundation official.
The Foundation, Zahid said, applied for any of the Army Stadium, Abahani Playing Ground in Dhanmondi or the open space near the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Agargaon as the venue for the festival.
The annual event garnered tremendous popularity from the music lovers at home and abroad for presenting the best classical musicians, mostly from the South Asian region.
The opening edition of the festival was held at Bangladesh National Museum, followed by the following four editions at the Army Stadium.
The latest and sixth edition of the festival was held at the Abahani playing ground last year.